UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.
Hurricane Hilda weakened slightly this afternoon far off in the East Pacific today and is expected to dissipate by the end of the week before reaching the Central Pacific.
At 5 p.m., Hilda had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph and was centered about 2,320 miles east-southeast of Hilo moving west-northwest at 9 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
“Little change in strength is expected tonight, but some additional weakening is forecast through midweek,” forecasters said.
By Friday, the storm is expected to be a post-tropical remnant low a few hundred miles east of the Central Pacific.
Hilda is one of three storm systems in the East Pacific region.
The hurricane center said a former tropical depression about 500 miles southwest of Hilda now has a 40 percent chance of reforming into a tropical cyclone in the next two-to-five days.
Just off Mexico’s west coast, Tropical Depression Ten-E formed today but is expected to dissipate in a few days as it moves northwest.
None of the three storm systems are a threat to land.
Hurricane Hilda maintained its strength overnight but is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression late next week as it approaches the Central Pacific, forecasters said this morning.
Hilda was about 2,300 miles east-southeast of Hilo at 5 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. After remaining nearly stationary Saturday, the hurricane began moving slowly, 8 mph, to the west-northwest.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami expect this movement to continue, and for Hilda to weaken to a tropical storm by Tuesday and a depression by Friday, the end of the current forecast period.
Hilda is a small storm, with hurricane-force winds extending up to 25 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds up to 90 miles.
About 500 miles to the west of Hilda, the former Tropical Depression Nine-E is now a dissipating remnant low, but forecasters say it has a 30 percent chance of reforming into a tropical cyclone over the next two-to-five days.
The hurricane center is also monitoring a third weather disturbance off the coast of Mexico which they say has an 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next two-to-five days.
None of the storm systems being monitored pose a threat to land.
Closer to home, the forecast for Hawaii today calls for gusty trade winds, dry conditions and high temperatures just under 90 degrees, and lows in the mid-70s.
“Winds will gradually ease Monday through Wednesday as the high pressure far northeast of the state weakens. Rather dry conditions will prevail into Tuesday with an uptick in mainly windward showers expected by Wednesday,” the National Weather Service in Honolulu said today.